Cancel The Astronauts are The President Of Your Fanclub. As Am I.

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i wanted you, i hoped that you wanted me too

Cancel The Astronauts – I Am The President Of Your Fanclub (And Last Night I Followed You Home)

This jam landed in my inbox a few weeks ago and it’s been charming me ever since. Cancel The Astronauts are a band from Edinburgh, Scotland who play rollicking jangly rock with a hint of Talking Heads. While “Fanclub” is not as overtly sinister as the Talking Heads “Psycho Killer,” it is still a song about stalking and premeditated murder. Or is it a song about love. Or is there really a difference? I’ll tell what there is, an great 5 song EP that is out now and available through eMusic.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage: Interview/live show at The Bell House, Brooklyn, 5/29/09

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This is a post where I recap a lot of exciting things so prepare yourself accordingly.

The Rural Alberta Advantage is Nils, Paul, and Amy. They self-released a record called Hometowns which was one of my favorites of 2008. Having just signed to Saddle Creek they will be re-releasing that record on July 7th. This is exciting for many reasons, not the least of which is that it makes Hometowns can be on my favorite albums of 2009 list (which it most certainly will).

Before the show the band was gracious enough to sit down with me for a bit and talk about their album, touring, music videos, Subway sandwiches, self-googling, the origin of their name, eMusic, NYC audiences, and a bunch of other fun stuff. They were funny, gracious, open, and generally fantastic. I apologize for my over-use of “like” – I was a bit nervous – but otherwise it is an interesting interview. I learned a lot about the band. Before I get into that I want to talk about their live show. It’s amazing. Go see them. Seriously, I am not gonna freak out on you again like I did with Lykke Li but that’s only because The RAA’s awesomeness was not such a surprise. Look at photos of their live shows here or watch videos here but actually don’t bother because you should just go see them. Oh, but buy Hometowns first! Deal? Good.

Interview and a few other goodies after the jump…

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A Tribute to Lykke Li: The Girl, The Glam, The Goddess. [6/1, Highline Ballroom, NYC]

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I know Lykke Li’s music. I like some of it. I knew she was playing in NYC last night. I didn’t stress too much about it. That is until a twist of events put me in a booth at the Highline Ballroom 5 minutes before she went on. Then everything changed. She came onstage with 3 dapper dudes backing her on various instruments. She ripped right into “Dance Dance Dance” and brought energy that rivals any of the remixes.

Lykke Li – Dance Dance Dance (Grandtheft remix)

Lykke Li – Dance Dance Dance (Buraka Som Sistema remix)

Lykke jumped and writhed around the stage with a presence and swagger that blew me away. At only 23 she performs like she has been doing this for years. She owns the stage and had everyone’s eyes locked on her as if blinking would somehow stop the how. I was a little bit in love.

Lykke Li – Little Bit (Death To The Throne remix)

Lykke Li – Little Bit (Villains remix)

Lykke Li – Little Bit ft. Drake & Mickey Factz

Throughout her set Lykke was armed with a drumstick (see photo above) that she would beat on anything from the mic stand to a tambourine to an actual drum. Fantastic. And then there was the Kings Of Leon cover. Ho. Ly. Smokes. If you thought you loved it in your earphones you should try it all up in your eye balls.

Lykke Li & Kings Of Leon – Knocked Up (Death To The Throne remix)

Lykke Li & Kings of Leon – Knocked Up

Lykke basically ripped through Youth Novels as if it was 2008’s top electro/disco record. Drums were heavy and sharp, synths were funked out, and Lykke just worked it. Hard. “Complaint Department” became a full on rave track.

Lykke Li – I’m Good I’m Gone (Black Kids remix)

Friendly Fires – I’m Good I’m Gone (Lykke Li cover)

All I can say about the experience is that it was epic. If Lykke comes to your town don’t miss out. I’m fully converted to the Cult of Li and if you aren’t already sold on her power then get there. Did I mention she covered “A Milli”? Yeah. Fa-resh.

Lykke Li – Breaking It Up (Pocketknife’s loosefoot remix)

She encored with “Tonight” and it was beautiful and completely moving. No surprise there.

Lykke Li – Tonight (dntel mix)

I tidied my jaw up off the floor and humbly shuffled home to dwell in the memory of it all. Anyway, that’s it for my ramblings and the remixes but here are a few more B-sides and a live Vampire Weekend cover to complete my little Lykke fest.

Lykke Li – Everybody But Me

Lykke Li – I Don’t Mind (Jump On It)

Lykke Li – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Live)

TiMaria know that Pretty Girls Are often Pretty High maitenance

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it’s ok, it is cool, yeah you dance like a fool

The TiMaria – Pretty Girls Are Pretty High

The TiMaria are from a small town in Portugal but that doesn’t stop them from making big sounds that betray their humble HQ. “TiMaria” (rural Portuguese for “Auntie Maria”) started out as a band name before there were any band mates. The name was created to fill space while designing a concert poster. Forgetting to erase it before the posters went to print André Moihno was left with a dilemma: throw them away or just form a band to put the posters to use. Well, you can guess what he chose, and we thank him for it.

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« Pre-Milennial Flashback « Fuel – Shimmer

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but maybe i’m not able and i break at the bend

Fuel – Shimmer / 1998

Sometimes a little jock-rock is just fine. I guess Fuel are still active and there was even a moment where they might have recruited Daughtry and their new lead singer. I don’t know what they sound like these days but if there is anything they have taught me it’s that all that shimmers in this world is sure to fade. That’s why in my mind they will always be right here with “Shimmer,” and fully fade-less.

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Coconut Records deserves his Microphone

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you are my voice so take me on

Coconut Records – Microphone

I was late to the game on Coconut Records first album and so I guess it makes sense that I totally missed the January release of his second, Davey. Better late than never. Coconut Records is the solo project of ex-Phantom Planet drummer and actor Jason Schwartzman. Yeah, Max from Rushmore, that guy. His music is surprisingly good and pleasantly void of any of that actor-turned-musician pretense that tends to happen. I’m persoally a much bigger fan of his music than his acting and although Davey hasn’t grabbed me like first album Nighttiming did it is still quite nice. I’ll definitely be giving it a more spins. Check the awesome title track from Nighttiming.

Coconut Records – Nighttiming

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Remix Roundup /// Vol. 4

Here at TBE I like to focus on new artists we are about to love and new tracks by artists we already love. BUT! Sometimes a remix comes along that just hast to be shared (danced to), and even more often a dozen remixes come along, hence the Remix Roundup. This week has some fantastic remixers (Designer Drugs, Don Diablo, Bloodshy & Avant, etc) remixing some TBE faves (La Roux, Basement Jaxx, Frankmusik, etc.). Crank the volume, clear the dance floor and download away!

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Simian Mobile Disco finally understand the Audacity Of Huge

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i got the grape kool-aid filled swimming pool

Simian Mobile Disco – Audacity Of Huge ft. Chris Keating

I never got into Simian Mobile Disco, always a bit to repetitive and mindless for my taste, but this new track of theirs, oooooh boy. I guess all they needed was some killer vocals to break up all those beats. Run with it guys, RUN! And then dance, DANCE!

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